In their third Test match, Afghanistan pulled off an upset against Bangladesh as they defeated hosts Bangladesh by a big margin of 224 runs in one-off Test in Chattogram. Given Bangladesh’s domination at their home, Afghanistan did not stand a chance against the experienced home side but Shakib-al-Hasan and co struggled right throughout the match and fell to the spin test of the visitors.
Rashid Khan, Afghanistan’s new Test skipper, heaped praise on coaching staff and players post the win. He also dedicated his man of the match to Mohammad Nabi, who played his third and final Test match.
”We won this game against a side like Bangladesh. We are new to this format, so credit goes to the coaching staff for their support. Everyone applied themselves and stuck to their plans. Credit goes to the batsmen who batted so well in the first innings and the youngsters for the way they bowled. The youngsters are applying their plans and learning from their mistakes. I would like to dedicate this Man of the Match award to him,” Rashid said.
Bangladesh stuck to their plans and went in with an all spin attack. The move, though, did not work as Afghanistan blunted spin effect and piled up 342 runs on the board in the first innings. Taiijul Islam got four wickets in 41 overs. For the visitors, Rahmat Shah stood up and scored a century. Experienced campaigner Asghar afghan scored 92 to assist him well.
Rashid Khan’s fifer and Nabi’s three-fer saw Bangladesh manage 205 runs in their first innings, conceding a big lead of 137 runs.
In their second innings, Afghanistan put up 260 runs on the board. Asghar afghan again shone with the bat and scored a half-century while Ibrahim Zadran scored 87.
Asked to chase down a target of 398, Bangladesh managed 173 runs on the board. The odds were stacked against Afghanistan as it rained for more than two sessions on the final day. In the end, they had 18 overs to get four wickets. They took 15 overs to take four wickets and created history on Bangladesh soil.
With this win, Afghanistan registered their second victory in three Tests they have played so far, equalling the record of Australia to take least Tests to register two victories.